Mixed media: textures


Learn a wide variety of techniques to build up tactile, textured relief and visual textures to create imaginative + personal paintings.  

Mixed-media demonstrations will teach you how to play and experiment with adding texture in your paintings.  Experiment with a variety of themes – landscape, still life and figurative. 

Gain inspiration from a variety of artists, and leave with a wealth of ideas, new techniques and greater artistic confidence.


“I learnt lots of tips and ideas and ways of using everyday objects to create two lovely paintings which without the teaching from Brian I would not have thought I was capable of or had the confidence to try. I am happy with the resulting paintings.”
Carol H

“I found the course very good. Brian encourages but doesn’t push, he gives you the idea and then lets you get on with it.”

“Good fun, it’s nice to explore and play with different materials”
Kerry W



Includes most materials

ADULT, Teaching Level 1



3 places remaining

Spring 2021

Booking Opens Easter

Course details

You will discover a new rich textural language that when used in your drawing and paintings bring a rich tactile quality that makes your work infinitely more interesting and engaging.  You will learn how to create relief tactile surfaces using acrylic paints and mediums alongside other techniques.  All techniques are demonstrated before you have a chance to try it out.  By the end of the 2-days you will leave with a wealth of ideas and techniques that may very well change the way you work in the future, in the creation of abstract or semi abstract landscape, still life or figurative paintings.

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Day 1
The morning is spent exploring and experimenting with different consistencies of acrylic paint learning how it behaves when painted over a variety of surfaces.  You will learn how to create textures using a variety of application methods using emulsion, glues, collage and ways of layering your mixed media that will result in stunning looking textures. The afternoon is spent focusing on composition and gaining a deeper understanding in developing relationships between different textures.  You will also have the opportunity to use your new skills in creating your own textured art work on paper, with inspiration from a variety of contemporary artists.  

Day 2
The morning continues with new texture demonstrations and more chance for you to experiment and learn. Today we will use cardboard, moulds, and print methods to create more stunning textures.  The afternoon is spent using your new skills in creating your own textured art work on paper, with inspiration from a variety of contemporary artists.  With 1:1 support and guidance you will have the opportunity to explore how to incorporate the new techniques into your own preferred style – landscape, still life or figurative.

What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.

Choose this course if you want to develop a mixed media style or discover how to incorporate textures into your acrylic painting.

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“A great exploration of texture.  Excellent way to unleash/re-kindle creativity.”

“Fun to experiment, informal and thought provoking.  I won’t be afraid to add different elements, techniques and materials into my own work.” 
David E


Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses


  1. Jennifer Higson
    22 August 2017 @ 8:46 am

    Have you got any more weekend landscape mixed media classes coming up?
    Many thanks


    • artfulantics
      22 August 2017 @ 10:27 am

      Hi Jennifer
      The next course date will be in Spring 2018. A specific date will be up on the website about October when I start my planning for 2018. Please either keep an eye on the website for updates or subscribe to my newsletter which you can do on all the course pages.
      Hope this helps.


  2. Donna Black
    28 September 2015 @ 9:19 pm

    Hi. Have you got other dates coming up for the Painting with Textures course? Really want to do it but can’t make the October dates. Thanks


    • artfulantics
      29 September 2015 @ 7:44 pm

      Hi Donna

      Good to hear from you. The next dates for this course are planned for April 2016. Booking for this will be available from November.
      Look forward to seeing you again. Are you joining us for the Autumn social in my studio? Details were in the newsletter I sent out yesterday.
      Best regards


      • Donna Black
        3 October 2015 @ 9:47 am

        Hi. I won’t be able to make it to the social I’m afraid. Looks good though! I’ll look in Nov for the booking info. Looking forward to it.


  3. Kate Hardy
    11 September 2015 @ 9:18 am

    Dear Brian,

    I am really glad to have found your website, as I would really like to begin to paint.

    I have never been very arty (although I write professionally), but I feel like I would really like to develop some representational skills and particularly work with colour.

    I am 100% beginner. but can it do the ‘Begin to draw and paint’ session, so thought I could try the ‘painting with texture’ class. Do you think this would be appropriate?

    The other thing is that I have M.E., which makes my health quite unreliable and inconsistent. So there would be a danger that I would book and be unable to attend. Is there any way around this? For example, booking and paying and deferring the course last minute if I was unable to make it. I know places are limited, so this is a complicated ask.

    I really look forward of hearing from you.



    • artfulantics
      11 September 2015 @ 9:25 am

      Hi Kate
      Great to hear from you – welcome on board! All my courses are suitable for beginners to experienced artists so you can start with any course that intrigues you. Obviously the Begin to draw and paint is specifically for beginners, but as you can’t make that date – don’t worry. The Paint with textures is a really fun and experimental course and will teach you loads of ideas and techniques you can use when painting. I’ll email you with more details. Regards Brian


    • artfulantics
      5 October 2015 @ 5:16 pm

      Sorry you won’t be able to make the social – but I look forward to seeing you next year on the paint with texture course.
      Best regards


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